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Quilting Myths Demystified:

Separating Fact from Fiction

In a recent Quilt Scout column titled “’Only’ Folklore: The Underground Railroad” (which you can read HERE should you feel inclined), Mary Fons discusses the popular misconception regarding the role of quilt blocks in the Underground Railroad. As gratifying an idea as it may be, the truth is that there is no evidence to support the narrative that a “Quilt Code” was used to guide escaped slaves further north.

As stated in “World Quilts: The American Story” from the International Quilt Study Center:



Women reenactors in Colonial Williamsburg. Photo by Harvey Barrison.

Early American wholecloth quilt made during the
Colonial period. From the collection of Bill Volckening.

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